Now that Congress has come through with governmentwide spending legislation just in the nick of time, lawmakers can return home for the holidays to rest up for a new year of budget fights. Before leaving, they were poised to tie up that massive loose end of providing $1.1 trillion to fund government operations—including $572.7 billion for the Defense Department in fiscal 2016. That amount includes funding for 68 Lockheed Martin-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighters—11 more than ...


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